On Wednesday, May 23, students from Global Citizenship and the Massage Therapy program joined forces and went to Bridging in Bloomington, also known as the “largest furniture bank in the nation.” MT student Sheldon Bryant sponsored the dresser build.
Bridging is an empowering organization. Clients are referred to by other agencies and can “shop” for the household items so that their families can get back on their feet. Families in need can often get housing assistance, but furnishing the space can be expensive and is often overlooked. That’s where Bridging and its partners and volunteers come into play.
In just a couple of hours, students assembled the 10 brand new Ikea dressers and they were willing to take on another project: loading the delivery truck with two client orders,
which included beds, chairs, tables, and other household items that the average
person takes for granted, but many families around the Twin Cites do not have.
Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager, says that Bridging’s biggest challenge is awareness: “People often have furniture, small appliances and things to get rid of, but may not know about us. We serve 80 families a week, so the need for all sorts of household items is ongoing. Tell your friends about us when they get that new couch or bed and need to get rid of it. Don’t throw it away, we’ll find someone who needs it!”
Bridging is now in their 25th year of service, and has furnished over 57,000 homes and
reduced landfill space by more than 128 million pounds.
Click the following link for more information about Bridging, how to donate and/or how to get involved with this great organization. http://www.bridging.org/
Looking for an internship opportunity? Bridging is seeking a Communications and Events Intern! Click below for information about the position! http://www.bridging.org/images/pdfs/bridging-communicationseventsinternship.pdf